OPPORTUNITY: PHD IN FOREST TREE BIODIVERSITY

I seek to recruit a Ph.D. student to take part in the newly funded Canadian Airborne Biodiversity Observatory, a multi-institution effort that aims to integrate field surveys of vegetation, measurement of functional traits and spectral signatures of leaves, and spectral images from aerial vehicles, to quantify plant biodiversity from the scale of leaves to the scale of Canada. For this specific project, the student will lead field efforts at one focal site, Parc national du Mont Mégantic (near Sherbrooke, Québec), testing the influence of logging history and climate gradients on tree biodiversity, and calibrating methods to quantify plant diversity and functional traits from aerial images. The student will be supervised by Mark Vellend (Université de Sherbrooke), with possible co-supervision by Étienne Laliberté (Institut de recherche en biologie végétale, Université de Montréal). We seek candidates with expertise in tree identification, experience doing field work in rugged terrain, quantitative skills, and strong communication abilities. Please send inquiries to Mark Vellend: mark.vellend@usherbrooke.ca

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M.Sc. Position in Avian Ecology at Trent University

Description:

We are seeking an M.Sc. student to conduct research on the breeding ecology of black ducks in Ontario. The Masters position is a component of a project supported by the Black Duck Joint Venture (a joint conservation and management initiative between the U.S. and Canada). The student will work in a collaborative team environment with staff from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Canadian Wildlife Service, and York University, providing great opportunity for professional development. The project will employ existing long term datasets to test alternative hypotheses as to the drivers of variation in black duck breeding productivity, including climate, habitat disturbance, and competition with mallards.

The student will be enrolled in the Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program, Trent University, and under the co-supervision of Dr. Glen Brown (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry) and Dr. Jim Schaefer (Trent University). The project will begin in May or September, 2018, depending on selection of a suitable candidate.

Salary:

A minimum stipend of $18, 794 per year for two years will be provided (includes a Teaching Assistantship).

Qualifications:

Candidates should have a solid background in animal ecology and an aptitude for statistical and spatial analysis (including geographic information systems). Prospective students should meet the minimum requirements for admission to the Master’s program and possess an 80% average in the last two years of undergraduate courses.

Interested students should send a CV, undergraduate transcripts (unofficial copies), references with contact information, and a cover letter outlining their background, interest, and suitability for the position. Please send application materials to Glen Brown (glen.brown@ontario.ca). The position will be filled when a suitable candidate is found.

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Research Associate, University of Glasgow – Glasgow, Scotland. Closing date: 11 February 2018.

Reference Number: E20331
Location: Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building
College / Service: COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
Department: SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
Job Family: Research And Teaching
Position Type: Full Time

Job Purpose

To make a leading contribution to bioinformatics and statistical analysis of the recently funded microbiome projects, namely and not limited to: A microbial basis for Atlantic Salmon energetics (BBSRC BB/P001203/1); Optimising decentralised low cost infrastructure by managing the microbes (EPSRC EP/P029329/1), we seek an exceptional post-doctoral candidate to work with Dr Umer Zeeshan Ijaz and Professor William T. Sloan to advance the computational framework already in place at the Water & Environment Group (See http://userweb.eng.gla.ac.uk/umer.ijaz/#bioinformatics for details). Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in processing and analysing omics datasets with pivital focus on methods development.

The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following activities in conjunction with the Principal/Co Investigator:

  • Take a leading role in the planning and conduct of assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and project/group/School/College research strategy.
  • Take a leading role in maintenance and upgrade of the bioinformatics cluster (ORION: http://userweb.eng.gla.ac.uk/umer.ijaz/#orion) in Dr Ijaz’s Lab and development of automated workflow for processing of meta*omics datasets (metagenomics, metabolomics, metatranscriptomics, and metaproteomics) for microbial communities, setting up theoretical models and analysis strategies.
  • Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate.
  • Establish and maintain your research profile and reputation and that of The University of Glasgow/ School/ Research Group, including establishing and sustaining a track record of independent and joint publications of international quality in high profile/quality refereed journals, enhancing the research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit, and gathering indicators of esteem.
  • Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a suitable research strategy.
  • Presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance our research profile.
  • Take a leading role in the identification of potential funding sources and to assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies to support future research.
  • Take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the research group/School/College/University and wider community (eg. Academic and Industrial Partners).
  • Take a leading role in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and School research group activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/College.
  • Take the lead in the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of the project team to ensure their effective development.
  • Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure.
  • Make a leading contribution to outreach and recruitment activities of The University of Glasgow.
  • Make a leading contribution to Teaching activities (e.g demonstrating etc) and associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with Principal Investigator.
  • Be responsible for safety management related to the organisation and running of Laboratory and/or Experimental techniques, equipment and processes as appropriate.
  • Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.
  • Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.
  • Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Head of School and/or PI.

These key tasks are not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlight a number of major tasks which the staff member may be reasonably expected to perform.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge/Qualifications

Essential:
A1 Normally Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or alternatively possess the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience, with experience of personal development in a similar or related role(s)
A2 Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of bioinformatics and/or ecological statistics
A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism
A4 Experience in working on Linux-type servers (know how of bash/awk scripting)
A5 Knowledge of programming languages (e.g. C/C++, Python, Perl, R, HTML, Java Scripting) as appropriate. Have a look at the repositories of some of the recent software from Dr Ijaz’s lab to get an idea of what is expected of you: CONCOCT: https://github.com/BinPro/CONCOCT; microbiomeSEQ: http://userweb.eng.gla.ac.uk/umer.ijaz/projects/microbiomeSeq_Tutorial.html; and SEQENV: https://github.com/xapple/seqenv
A6 Knowledge of project-specific technical models, equipment or techniques

Skills

Essential:
C1 Background in computational/statistical science with focus on algorithm development
C2 Research creativity and strong cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate
C3 Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely
C4 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach
C5 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills
C6 Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills as appropriate
C7 Self motivation, initiative and independent thought/working
C8 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach
C9 Good Team Leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills

Desirable:
D1 Comfortable developing expertise in multiple fields

Experience
Essential:
E1 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience, normally including sufficient postdoctoral experience in a related field, appropriate to an early career researcher
E2 History of scientific software/workflow development
E3 Experience of scientific writing
E4 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner
E5 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences
E6 Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities
E7 Ability to demonstrate a degree of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of the literature, design & analysis of experiments & drafting of papers.
E8 Experience in undertaking independent research

Desirable:
F1 An emerging national or international reputation

Job Features

The aspects described below will be performed in conjunction with and under the guidance of the Principal/Co Investigator.

Dimensions
To carry out a range of research activities and functions within academic environments of the highest national or international quality
Publish and seek funding as appropriate to subject specialism within agreed timescales
Informal supervision and support of less experienced members of the project team e.g. postgraduate and project students
Undertake teaching or other duties in accordance with school policy
Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory
Leadership in the design and implementation in your specific research project(s) as appropriate

Planning and Organising
Management of time and prioritisation of research, teaching and administrative duties
Planning, organisation and implementation of research project on a weekly/monthly basis
Plan research directions that are within the available budget
React to varying project needs and deadlines

Decision Making
Undertake decision making on all aspects of research project/activities
Prioritise own, and where appropriate delegate to junior team members’, workload
Decide on research directions and goals within remit of original project proposal
Adjust research approaches to meet project outcomes
Identify best journals for publication and meetings/conferences to attend
Purchase of equipment and materials
Safe and effective lab management

Internal/External Relationships
University colleagues: to exchange information to ensure efficient working and to facilitate cross disciplinary working
External bodies/collaborators: proactively maintain co-operation and links at all levels to enhance profile and reputation
Dissemination: Preparation and presentation of reports/results and participation in meetings and conference calls

Problem Solving
Research including technical and theoretical aspects, problem solving and development of novel ideas
Be aware of project and budgetary issues, equipment lead times
Assistance of undergraduate/postgraduate students and junior team members with problems relating to research project

Other
Representation of the University/College/School through presentation at national and international events
Attendance at training events to learn and implement new research technologies
Prepared to travel to work in the UK/Europe and elsewhere as required by the University

Standard Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £34,520 – £38,833 per annum.

This position has funding for up to 28 months in the first instance.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.

Vacancy reference: E20331; Closing date: 11 February 2018.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

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Assistant/Associate Professor in Ecohydrology, School of Environmental Sciences, ONTARIO AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE. Application deadline: March 31, 2018.

The School of Environmental Sciences (SES) at the University of Guelph seeks to hire an Assistant or Associate Professor in Ecohydrology (tenure-track) working on research related to watershed processes, nutrient transport, surface water chemistry, and/or water quality, and their interrelationship with ecological systems. The successful candidate must hold a PhD in Hydrology, Ecosystem Science, or a related discipline, and will have demonstrated research excellence through a strong publication record in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals. The successful candidate will complement existing expertise in SES in agricultural systems, biogeochemistry, aquatic & terrestrial ecology, environmental chemistry, microbiology and hydrogeology.

The position will require the development of a strong federally- and provincially-funded research program involving the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students. It will involve teaching courses, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, related to ecohydrology. The successful candidate will have a clear potential for effective teaching, with classroom experience considered an asset. Strong communication skills are essential. Collaboration in research and graduate training is encouraged with others in SES, the Ontario Agricultural College and the University, as well as with federal and provincial ministries. Faculty in SES are expected to provide service to the University, to the scientific community, and to society at large.

The School of Environmental Sciences is a multi-disciplinary academic unit with researchers in a range of fields including: soil science, geology, agricultural meteorology, forest and ecosystem science, environmental microbiology, environmental toxicology, entomology and plant pathology. Researchers in the School have links across campus including Geography, Engineering, Integrative Biology, the Centre for Applied Groundwater Research, Animal Biosciences, Ridgetown Campus and Plant Agriculture, as well as with producer organizations and members of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. In addition, it has advanced analytical facilities in-house, and access to research stations across the province, including the nearby Elora and Arkell Research Stations. The School sits within the Ontario Agriculture College and is located on the main campus in the city of Guelph, 80 km west of Toronto, Ontario. More information about the School, the College and the University can be found on their respective websites (www.uoguelph.ca/seswww.uoguelph.ca/oacwww.uoguelph.ca).

Applicants should submit, by March 31, 2018, their curriculum vitae, statements of their research goals and teaching philosophy and the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who can evaluate their candidacy, directly to:

Dr. Jon Warland, Director
c/o Jo-Anne Scarrow
School of Environmental Sciences
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 2W1
E-mail: sesuog@uoguelph.ca 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Guelph acknowledges the Attawandaron people on whose traditional territory the University of Guelph resides and offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our institution.

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MSc project: Evolutionary Ecology of Eastern chipmunks

We are seeking to recruit a student at the MSc level to join our research team at Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop’s University, starting in September 2018 or January 2019.

Our research aims at assessing the effects of fluctuating food resources on a population of Eastern chipmunks (Tamias striatus). The research project of the candidate will be developed within this framework, by integrating aspects from genetics, physiology and behaviour. The candidate will participate in a long-term study conducted in southern Québec, near Mansonville, since 2005 and will benefit from biological data collected on several hundred individuals. The candidate will contribute to field work (4 months each year) and should ideally have skills in handling small mammals and a good knowledge of statistical analyses, genetics and evolutionary ecology. The Université de Sherbrooke is a French-speaking institution, therefore either some knowledge of French or an interest in learning it is essential.

Interested candidates should send a CV and a cover letter, as well as the contact information of two references before 10 March 2018 to:

Dany Garant : Dany.Garant@Usherbrooke.ca
Patrick Bergeron: pbergero@ubishops.ca

See also: labogarant.weebly.com for more details on our research.

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Tenure-track position in Remote Sensing Applied to Environmental Sciences UQTR. Application deadline: 2 March 2018.

The Département des sciences de l’environnement, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, invites applications for a tenure-track position as assistant professor in Remote Sensing Applied to Environmental Sciences, beginning December 1st 2018. We seek an individual with a Ph.D. in Geography or a related field specialised in remote sensing, a relevant postdoctoral research experience, a strong publication record, and a commitment to excellence in teaching and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an independent, externally-funded research program and to actively contribute to the development of research in the field of environmental sciences. Many priority axis are related to ecological and watershed studies found in the Research Centre for Watershed – Aquatic Ecosystem Interactions (RIVE). The Département des sciences de l’environnement currently includes 17 faculty members in the fields of Aquatic Ecology and Environmental Geography, and 40 M.Sc./Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows. Fluent French speaking is mandatory but the Department will be supportive of any excellent candidate needing improvement in linguistic skills. Applications, including a letter highlighting research and teaching interests and a CV should be received by March 2 2018 at this address :

https://oraprdnt.uqtr.uquebec.ca/pls/public/hr_gsc.executer_gsc121_aff_offre?owa_no_form_reponse=152575&owa_postuler=O

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Tenure-track appointment in Urban Biodiversity – Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities

The Department of Biology in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Urban Biodiversity for a scholar whose research engages with and complements Concordia’s Canada Excellence Research Chair and as part of the University’s cluster hiring initiative in the area of “Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities.”

About Concordia
Concordia University is reimagining how we dwell in and develop urban centres. The university has proven strength in the development of clean energy technologies, expertise in navigating the effects of climate change, and an established track record in creating transformative community outreach programs.  In redefining metropolitan infrastructure, scholarship and civic engagement as we know it, researchers are paving the way for new and improved solutions in human mobility, energy efficiency, integrated design, natural resource conservation and more.

According to the latest rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Concordia’s hometown is the best in the world for university students. Montreal is a truly unique city – safe and clean, vibrant and diverse, with new things to discover around every corner. With four major universities and 12 smaller colleges located on the island – Montreal is an exciting place to live.

About the Faculty
The Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) is a federation of foundational disciplines and a generator of fundamental knowledge and scholarship. Home to some of the most innovative classroom teaching and cutting-edge research in Canada, the FAS holds 27 Departments across three sectors: the Sciences, the Humanities, and the Social Sciences. We are committed to being an engine of interdisciplinary experimentation by harnessing the power of our diversity to create new ways of imagining the academic and research experience.

About the Department
The Department of Biology consists of 25 full-time and 11 affiliated faculty members with a broad area of expertise and research interests; over 100 graduate students, who are the driving force of research activities; and technical and support staff. We offer over 60 Biology undergraduate and graduate courses, in subject areas including cell biology, genetics, genomics, biotechnology, organismal biology, ecology, evolution and conservation biology. Our research fields are grouped into several broad areas of biology: Genomics, Synthetic Biology, Ecology and Cell/Molecular biology, and are well-funded by external research grants, either from federal or provincial governments, or from industry.

Candidate Profile and Qualifications
We seek candidates who conduct empirical and conceptually driven research in biodiversity that includes urban and semi-urban environments as study systems. Research areas of interest are broadly defined and could include questions in ecology or evolution at the population, community or ecosystem levels. We particularly encourage applications from candidates whose research program complements other research within the cluster hire in addition to the Faculty or Department. Applicants must have a PhD in a related field with a strong record of sustained publications. The appointee will be expected to build an active and externally funded research program involving graduate students at the MSc and PhD levels.

How to apply
Applications must consist of a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, copies of two relevant and recent publications, a statement of teaching philosophy/interests, a statement of research achievements and plans, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. In addition, candidates must submit the names and contact information of three referees.

Applications should be submitted on or before February 28, 2018.

For inquiries about the posting, please contact:

Selvadurai Dayanandan, Interim Chair
Department of Biology
Concordia University
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W., L-SP 375.07
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8
Canada
Daya.Dayanandan@concordia.ca

Concordia is partnering with the executive search firm Perrett Laver on this search process. To apply, please submit your application online.

To learn more about working at Concordia, applicants are encouraged to consult:

Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position, normally at the rank of Assistant Professor, for August 1, 2018. Appointments at a more senior level may also be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Graduate student project on Broad-banded Forestsnail ecology

Institution: Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada (www.trentu.ca)

Supervisor: Dennis Murray (Lab webpage: http://www.dennismurray.ca)

The Integrative Wildlife Conservation (Murray) lab at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, is offering a project (PhD or MSc) on Broad-banded Forestsnail ecology. The only known extant populations of Broad-banded Forestsnails in Canada are on Pelee Island and at Point Pelee National Park, and baseline biological and ecological data are currently deficient. This project will fill major knowledge gaps on the Broad-banded Forestsnail, including population sizes, demographics, life-history traits, using capture-mark-recapture methods across annual surveys. The project will also characterize habitat requirements, model habitat availability across southern Ontario, assess the threats posed by predation, and perform a comprehensive population viability analysis to predict the likelihood of species persistence in Ontario. Students will have the opportunity to develop specific research questions within the scope of the larger project.

The funding package includes a competitive stipend, foreign tuition waiver (if the student is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident), as well coverage of all research expenses. Successful PhD candidates will have an MSc in Ecology, Conservation Biology, or a related field, and demonstrated evidence of peer-reviewed publications. All applicants (MSc or PhD) must have strong field skills and/or modelling experience, and an interest in working collaboratively as part of a larger group. The student will join the Integrative Wildlife Conservation laboratory at Trent University (www.dennismurray.ca) and be part of an interdisciplinary team addressing innovative solutions to environmental change (www.create-enviro.ca).

To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references to: Dennis Murray (dennislmurray@gmail.com). Application deadline is Feb 16th, but review of applications will begin immediately and continue until suitable candidates are found. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

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PhD project on the design and analysis of long-term ecological monitoring studies

Institution: Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada (www.trentu.ca)

Supervisor: Dennis Murray (Lab webpage: http://www.dennismurray.ca)

We are seeking a PhD student to assess the statistical limitations and biological inference of contemporary long-term ecological monitoring study designs and datasets, to help reveal the extent that existing approaches may be limited in guiding wildlife conservation programs or documenting broader patterns of environmental change. Currently, few robust long-term datasets of wildlife abundance exist, and there is the need to evaluate both the optimal design of long-term monitoring studies and the reliability of surrogate datasets (e.g., harvest statistics, habitat loss timeseries) in population analysis. Indeed, our previous work on carnivores and waterfowl (e.g., Murray et al. 2010, Ecology 91: 571-581; Murray et al. 2008 J. Wildl. Manage. 72: 1463-1472) revealed shortcomings that call into question the broader utility of existing approaches in population analysis and management. Through timeseries analysis, statistical power analysis, and simulation modeling, the project will address questions such as: 1) population timeseries attributes that are needed to reliably detect a numerical decline or increase; 2) the most robust statistical methods for assessing cyclicity and attenuation in fluctuating animal populations; 3) optimal design of wildlife surveys in heterogenous and changing landscapes; and 4) forecasting population viability using limited or biased data. The student will have the opportunity to develop specific research questions within the scope of the larger project, and our lab-based model system (i.e., Chlamydomonas, see Borlestean et al. 2015 Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution doi: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00037) is available to test specific model predictions in an empirical context.

The funding package includes a competitive stipend, foreign tuition waiver (if the student is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident) as well as coverage of all research/travel expenses. The successful candidate will have an MSc degree in Ecology, Mathematics, Statistics, or related field, evidence of peer-reviewed publications, and very strong quantitative skills. The student will join the Integrative Wildlife Conservation laboratory at Trent University (www.dennismurray.ca) and be part of an interdisciplinary team addressing innovative solutions to environmental change (www.create-enviro.ca).

To apply, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references, to: Dennis Murray (dennislmurray@gmail.com). Application deadline is Feb 16th, but review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

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PhD project on amphibian disease ecology

Institution: Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada (www.trentu.ca)

Co-supervisors: Dennis Murray (http://www.dennismurray.ca); David Lesbarreres (http://gearg.jimdo.com/people/head/)

We are initiating a PhD project to assess responses of amphibians to chytrid and/or frog virus #3 (i.e., ranavirus) infection. These pathogens are contributing to the global decline in amphibians, and there is increasing concern over their effect on larval amphibians either across strains of the pathogens themselves (which are known to have different levels of virulence), or through synergistic interactions with other environmental stressors (e.g., contaminants, food limitation, predation risk). Our recent investigations in this area highlight the opportunity to test fundamental questions in disease ecology, host-parasite coevolution, and conservation biology via experimental, field and molecular techniques. The PhD student will have the opportunity to develop specific research questions within the scope of the larger project.

The funding package includes a competitive stipend, foreign tuition waiver (if the student is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident) as well coverage of all research expenses. Successful candidates will have an MSc in Ecology, Conservation Biology, or related field, demonstrated evidence of peer-reviewed publications, strong quantitative, genetics, and/or field skills, and an interest in working collaboratively as part of a larger group. The PhD student will join the Integrative Wildlife Conservation laboratory at Trent University (www.dennismurray.ca) and be part of an interdisciplinary team addressing innovative solutions to environmental change (www.create-enviro.ca).

To apply, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references, to: Dennis Murray (dennislmurray@gmail.com). Application deadline is Feb 16th, but review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

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